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June 4, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Jeff's Big Board 2.0 - The final edition
With the draft set to kick off in 24 hours, here is IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis' final Big Board. Some injuries have shuffled things up at the top and throughout the first round, but Jeff still loves this draft and considers it a deep draft - especially with prep arms - and feels the Indians should have a chance to add a lot of depth to their system. He profiles his top 43 players on his board in this 4000+ word piece...
June 4, 2014   (19 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #59: Red Sox 3, Indians 5
The Indians won their fifth game in a row and eighth straight at home with a 5-3 win against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. Lefty T.J. House pitched well and aside from a hiccup in the middle innings the bullpen locked it down late to preserve the win. The IBI's Tony Lastoria fills in and provides his second thoughts on House's performance, Michael Bourn's surge and Terry Francona's bullpen usage.
June 4, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Morimando is showing a lot of progress
A rough stretch of the season for the Carolina Mudcats continued for another week as the team went just 2-5 on the week. The IBI's Zachary Francis gets us all caught up with the week that was for the Mudcats, who is playing well and who is not, and also sat down with talented lefty Shawn Morimando to get his thoughts on his performance to date.
June 4, 2014   (16 comments)
Around the Farm: June 3, 2014
Outfielder Tyler Holt continues to impress in his initial debut to Triple-A and had another stellar night at the plate on Tuesday for Columbus. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he talks about Holt's performance as well as numerous other players in his trip around the Indians farm system.
June 4, 2014   (6 comments)
Bourn helps Indians edge Boston, 5-3; Tribe wins five straight
The House is a Rockin'. Opposing teams at Progressive Field; don't bother knockin'. For the second straight night, the Indians relied on solid starting pitching and timely hitting to string together another big win in their house Tuesday. Deadlocked in a 3-3 tie against Boston in the seventh, Michael Bourn delievered on what eventually became the game's deciding hit. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps another victory from the ballpark.
June 4, 2014   (5 comments)
Storylines: Santana set to return to Indians on Friday
The Indians are set to activate Carlos Santana on Friday, Nick Swisher is about a week away from a rehab assignment in the minors and Zach McAllister will make his first rehab start in the minors at Low-A Lake County on Wednesday and Rays outfielder Will Myers is expected to miss at least two months. Those stories and more in another edition of Storylines here at IBI....
June 3, 2014   (0 comments)
IBI on Site 1.06
Here is episode number six this season of "IBI on Site", a new exciting project here at the IBI. In this week's show we go back on site to Akron, home of the Indians' Double-A affiliate Akron RubberDucks, but it is not what you think. Host Hayden Grove talks to August Fagerstrom of the Akron Beacon Journal and Fangraphs to discuss how several Cleveland Indians players are performing and sits down with RubberDucks General Manager Jim Pfander to talk about all of the rebranding efforts the team has made.
June 3, 2014   (0 comments)
Smoke Signals S7E15: Nasty Masty edition
Our new bi-weekly format of Smoke Signals continues tonight at 11:00pm ET. In tonight's show IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis joins Smoke Signals regular Tony Lastoria to talk about Monday night's dominant performance from Indians righty Justin Masterson. After some early command issues he settled in and pitched as well as he ever has as an Indian. They will talk about the performance and how he fits into things with the Indians the rest of this season and beyond plus much more!
June 3, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Q&A with Brad Grant
The 2014 MLB Draft is just two days away. This is an exciting and unique draft for the Indians as they don’t have a top 20 pick but they have three first round picks and will make four selections on the first day for the first time in franchise history. As he does before every draft, the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant and have a long, candid conversation about the process with preparing for the draft, managing all of his scouts and the information that comes in, and a bunch of other topics pertaining to the draft itself.
June 3, 2014   (3 comments)
RubberDucks Notebook: Sturdevant is showing comfort
The Akron RubberDucks won two series last week, taking two out of three from Baysox on the road and two out of three from the Harrisburg Senators at Canal Park. The highlight of the week was May 29th and 30th, when the RubberDucks scored 26 total runs on 30 hits in just two days. The IBI's Spencer Davies recaps the week that was for Akron in his latest notebook...
June 3, 2014   (2 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #58: Boston 2, Cleveland 3
Reunion was the motif of Monday's contest, wherein Cleveland defeated Boston 3-2. While the game ended with former Indians' star Grady Sizemore popping out for Boston, it was a former Boston player, Justin Masterson, who monopolized the spotlight throughout. The IBI's John Grimm analyzes Masterson's start, both in terms of how objectively incredible it was and how the start was a microcosm of Masterson's pitching career.
June 3, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: June 2, 2014
It was a big night on the farm for two middle infield prospects in the lower levels of the Indians system. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the impressive showing from Erik Gonzalez and Claudio Bautista, and also provides details on all of the good and not so good performances from the rest of the Indians players Around the Farm...
June 3, 2014   (21 comments)
Masterson turns a corner, leads Indians over Boston, 3-2
It's no secret Justin Masterson has struggled. Coming into the game Monday 0-3 with a 8.84 in his last four starts, the Indians ace may have finally turned a corner. Striking out 10 over seven shutout innings, Masterson led the Tribe to a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox in what was his best start of the season. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps another win from the ballpark.
June 3, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Astros promote, extend Singleton
Was it just me or was it odd seeing Grady Sizemore in a Boston uniform playing in right field? In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the Astros promoting and extending one of their top prospects, numerous updates on the Indians, what the Blue Jays could potentially do to improve their team, and more.
June 2, 2014   (0 comments)
A notorious slow starter, Moncrief still positive as June arrives
If you’re looking for someone with a contagious attitude, look no further than outfielder Carlos Moncrief. The native Mississippian has a trademark grin that shows up in the outfield and in the batter’s box, and it’s pretty easy to see why. A slow starter in the past, the arrival of June is just in time to heat up his cold bat. The IBI's Grant Miller recently sat down with the Indians top prospect about how he is adjusting to Triple-A and what he is doing to adjust to the new level.
June 2, 2014   (8 comments)
Inside the Wigwam: Is Corey Kluber an ace?
In this week's installment of Inside the Wigwam, IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim "Birdman" Berdysz, answers the question of whether or not Corey Kluber has solidified himself as the Indians ace. He also gives the latest news and notes surrounding the ballclub, tracking Cleveland's top players over a great month of May. And gives his final call on what the rotation may look like without Justin Masterson next year.
June 2, 2014   (0 comments)
Clippers Notebook: Roster takes a hit in May with lots of moves
The Clippers took two of four from Charlotte, the team that has the dubious distinction of holding the worst record in the International League, then two of three from Louisville before beginning a long road trip on Sunday. The IBI's Michael Rich recaps the week that was, talks to manager Chris Tremie about all of the roster moves of late, highlights all the good and bad performances from the past week and more.
June 2, 2014   (10 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #55: Rockies 4, Indians 6
The Indians are slowly but surely making up ground in the division as they have now climbed out of the cellar and passed up the Royals for fourth place. They are now within two games of the Twins and White Sox and six games behind the division-leading Tigers after completing a three-game sweep of Colorado on Sunday. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps the victory.
June 2, 2014   (12 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: News, Notes, and thoughts as it nears
The draft is Thursday so instead of a single concentrated piece IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis provides some news, notes, and thoughts on the upcoming draft. He takes a look at who he believes are the Indians top five targets with their #21 pick, provides some details on some of his favorite players in this draft class, reviews the Pirates-Marlins trade that sent a pick to the Pirates for a player, and more.
June 2, 2014   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: June 1, 2014
Lefty Giovanni Soto has struggled since returning from a the disabled list a few weeks ago and he had another tough outing on Sunday. The IBI's Arthur Kinney talks about Soto's recent struggles and also makes not of a big night from Clint Frazier, Dace Kime, Joe Colon and many others in his trip Around the Farm...

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